Tracey Ullman receives BAFTA/LA Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award

Famous for her impersonations of a myriad of American characters on her hit Showtime series, “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union”, the British chameleon of comedy will be the recipient of the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy.

BAFTA/LA, the bridge between the American and British entertainment communities, will honor Ms. Ullman with its first ever BAFTA/LA Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy.

BAFTA/LA announced today that they will celebrate the best of 2008’s British television and theatrical comedies at its second annual British Comedy Festival & Awards Presented by British Airways. 

The festival and awards take place during Los Angeles’ BritWeek 2009 from April 21 to May 8, culminating with its awards ceremony to be held at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on Friday, May 8.

“Our first British Comedy Festival last year was a major success, and we are very happy to continuously provide a platform for UK talent to an American audience in the realm of comedy,” says BAFTA/LA Chairman Peter Morris.

“We are particularly excited to present our first ever Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award to a true representative of British comedy,” adds Nigel Lythgoe, President of BritWeek and Chair of the BAFTA/LA Comedy Festival. “I choreographed Tracey Ullman on ‘Three of a Kind’ back in England in the 70’s, and I believe that her success in America inspired so many of us Brits into believing that we could make a career for ourselves in this wonderful country. We are thrilled that she is accepting this inaugural award.”

The BAFTA/LA Charlie Chaplin Award was designed by illustrator and graphic designer John Tribe.

In addition to advertising campaigns, Tribe has been designing, illustrating and shooting television titles for over 30 years. His credits include Agatha Christie’s Why didn’t they ask Evans?, The Seven dials Mystery, Partners in Crime as well as the 21st British Academy Awards. Tribe’s other award designs include the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award and the John Tucker Award.

Tracey Ullman launched her American TV career and created her own network television series, The Tracey Ullman Show, which spawned the popular cartoon series The Simpsons.

Ullman’s sketch-comedy creation, Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union, for Showtime begins its second season April 12.

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